Gary Palmer began his law enforcement career in 1978 as a correctional officer with the Florida Department of Corrections. In 1980, Colonel Palmer graduated from the police academy as a certified law enforcement officer and joined the Lauderhill Police Department. He later joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 1981 when the two agencies merged. Colonel Palmer held assignments in Road Patrol, the Organized Crime Bureau, the Selective Enforcement Team, Human Resources, Internal Affairs and the Criminal Investigations Division. In 1991, he attended the Correctional Cross Certified Academy and received his Corrections Certification, completing his FTO training at the Main Jail. In 1994, when the Lauderhill district separated from BSO, he left BSO to help Lauderhill establish their police department. While in Lauderhill, he held positions as an administrative Executive Officer, Director of Administration, Major and Chief of Police.
Mr. Palmer returned to BSO in 2006 as Commander of Court Services where he was responsible for all courtroom security and jury sequestrations. He retired from law enforcement in April 2010, but returned to BSO in January 2013 when he was selected to become the Colonel of the Department of Detention and Community Programs. Colonel Palmer holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from The Union Institute & University. He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course and Administrative Officers Course. Colonel Palmer attended and graduated from the prestigious Senior Management Institute of Police Senior Executive Leadership School at the Kennedy School of Government Harvard University and a host of other senior executive programs.